Anonymous hacking group asks its followers and fans to delete TikTok after a hacktivist finds that it spies on more than just clipboard data
After India banned 59 Chinese origin Apps including TikTok, the world is waking up to the dangers of snooping and spying by TikTok. In fact, yesterday the hacktivist collective called upon its fans and followers to delete TikTok as it spies on users for the Chinese government.
One of India’s reasons to block TikTok has been the allegation that TikTok collects user data and relays it to the Chinese government and military. India’s claims about TikTok snooping on user data came true when two researchers, Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk found TikTok and another 53 Apps snooping on iPhone users clipboard. This was in fact proven by a Redditor who reverse-engineered the TikTok App and found that it snooped on much more user data than just clipboard.
The information was immediately tweeted by an account followed by the Anonymous handle. The tweet contained information that TikTok snooped on. Anonymous hacking group’s main account @YourAnonCentral immediately asked its fans and followers to delete TikTok. The user who posted the Reddit engineer’s findings wrote, “Here’s what he found on the data it (TikTok) collects on you. It’s far worse than just stealing what’s on your clipboard.”
Delete TikTok now; if you know someone that is using it explain to them it is essentially malware operated by the Chinese government running a massive spying operation. https://t.co/J7N9FS7PvG
— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) July 1, 2020
The ban TikTok campaign is finding resonance among Americans also. Republican Congressman Rick Crawford tweeted that “TikTok must go and it should have been gone yesterday.” While the U.S. National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien had said that the Chinese Government is using TikTok for its own purposes.
Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham urged the US to do the same. “LEADING THE WAY, WHERE’S THE U.S.? India bans dozens of Chinese apps including TikTok” she said in a tweet.
Author Gordon Chang said that India just banned 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok. “Why can’t the US do the same?” he asked.